. . .A catch-and-release program?
Sanchez’s arrest has been compared to Calderon’s sweep of 10 mayors in PRD-held Michoacan during election season last year on alleged links to drug traffickers. Almost all of the mayors, who included two members of Calderon’s National Action Party (PAN), were later released from prison.
Since 2004, local and federal prosecutors from different parties have brought and subsequently dropped criminal charges against political opponents. The accused include former presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, former Oaxaca gubernatorial candidate Gabino Cue and former Jalisco gubernatorial candidate Arturo Zamora.